City Lights Authors in the News

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Beautiful Chaos
A Life in the Theater
Carey Perloff

"Carey Perloff leads a hard-hat tour of ACT's Strand Theater"

"In a sleeveless patterned sundress, incongruously set off by a pair of heavy-duty hiking boots, Carey Perloff enthusiastically guided a contingent of hard-hatted journalists through the emerging reality of the revamped Strand Theater. Right now, it's mostly scaffolding and concrete outlines, but you can see what ACT's audacious undertaking amid the long-blighted Mid-Market corridor will look like. Perloff, ACT's artistic director, is famous for her contagious enthusiasms, and it's easy to get swept up in her glowing predictions. But now there is the physical evidence to support the vision. . . . "

-Richard Dodds, Bay Area Reporter Oct 16, 2014

Profile of Carey Perloff by Robert Hurwitt, SF Chronicle

A recent interview with Carey Perloff.

-Robert Hurwitt Nov 17, 2012

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The Poetry Deal
San Francisco Poet Laureate Series No. 5
Diane di Prima

"'Some Words About the Poem' from Diane di Prima's The Poetry Deal"

An excerpt from Diane di Prima's The Poetry Deal.

-Reality Sandwich Nov 6, 2014

"Interview with Diane di Prima, SF Chronicle"

Jonah Raskin interviews Diane di Prima about her new book, The Poetry Deal.

-Jonah Raskin, SF Chronicle Nov 5, 2014

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Man Alive
A True Story of Violence, Forgiveness and Becoming a Man
Thomas Page McBee

Favorite Nonfiction of 2014

Largehearted Boy selects Man Alive as one of its Favorite Nonfiction of 2014:
"Bravely told with refreshing humility, Thomas Page McBee's Man Alive is one of the year's finest memoirs."

-Largehearted Boy Dec 1, 2014

Best Nonfiction Books of 2014

Kirkus Reviews includes Man Alive in its Best Nonfiction Books of 2014 list
"'The world is vicious and beautiful and, to some extent, unexplainable,' writes the author. 'But that doesn't stop us from wanting a story.' This is quite a story, masterfully rendered."

-Kirkus Reviews Dec 3, 2014

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Lit Up Inside
Selected Lyrics
Van Morrison

Van Morrison: Lit Up Inside playlist on Aspen Public Radio

Andrea Young at Aspenbeat devotes half her show to the music included in Van Morrison's Lit Up Inside. (Begins at minute 34). She says, "The best part of the book is it immediately reconnects you with Morrison's amazing songwriting and performing talent.  And who wouldn't want to know which songs mean the most to someone of the stature and fame of Morrison."

-Andrea Young, Aspenbeat Dec 6, 2014

Greil Marcus on Van Morrison

"Usually, when a writer shows up at a bookstore and reads from or talks about a book he or she has written, people ask questions: how do you write? Where do you get your ideas? What made you write this book? But not this time. This time, in San Francisco, Oakland, Portland, Seattle, New York, Los Angeles, people weren't necessarily interested in my stories about Morrison. They wanted to tell their own stories. Many of these stories revolved around what people took to be a fundamental contradiction: that they could be so moved by, so caught up in, something made by someone who seemed to want nothing to do with them. This person lived out part of my life, and he won't acknowledge it. He put a spell on me, but he won't tell me how. I heard it again and again."

-Greil Marcus, The Guardian Jun 5, 2010

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A Corner of the World
Mylene Fernández-Pintado

"A Corner of the World: Interview with Author Mylene Fernández-Pintado [Parts I & II]"

Mylene Fernández Pintado has been writing and publishing in Cuba, winning prizes and readers, since 1994. Her latest novel, La esquina del mundo, has just been published by City Lights as A Corner of the World, translated by Dick Cluster. Cluster's other new Cuban translation is Pedro de Jesús's Vital Signs, released this month by Diálogos Press in New Orleans. During Mylene’s recent visit to San Francisco, author and translator put together the following mutual interview about her work, their translation process, and more. Mylene’s responses, which were in Spanish, are translated by Dick.

-Kaija Straumanis, Three Percent Oct 20, 2014

"'The mechanic & the professor', an excerpt from Mylene Fernández-Pintado’s A Corner of the World"

An excerpt from the first chapter of A Corner of the World appears in the "Cuba Today" section of Cuba Absolutely.

-Mylene Fernández-Pintado (translated by Dick Cluster), Cuba Absolutely Jun 12, 2014

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Thousand Times Broken
Three Books
Henri Michaux

"The 50 Best Independent Fiction and Poetry Books of 2014"

Thousand Times Broken chosen as one of the 50 best indie fiction/poetry books of the year:
"The Belgian Michaux was a paragon of esotericism in the 20th century. A wildly traveled cultural polymath, Michaux wrote in a wide range of modes. These three books, collected by the legendary City Lights, bring together some of the artist's best mergers of art and poetry."

-Jonathan Sturgeon, Flavorwire Nov 21, 2014

"Talismanic Song: Gillian Conoley & Brian Laidlaw in Conversation"

Gillian Conoley and Brian Laidlaw in conversation for the Walker Art Center's blog, Field Guide the day before their collaborative event, presented by Rain Taxi. They talk about their collaboration, art, music, and Gillian's new Henri Michaux translations, Thousand Times Broken.

-Eric Lorberer, Walker Art Center's Field Guide Nov 18, 2014

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The Violence of Organized Forgetting
Thinking Beyond America's Disimagination Machine
Henry A. Giroux

"Best of 2014!"

The Violence of Organized Forgetting is chosen a best of 2014 book by Robert Birnbaum!

-Robert Bimbaum, Our Man in Boston Nov 21, 2014

Essay "Beyond Orwellian Nightmares and Neoliberal Authoritarianism" on Truthout

"Central to George Orwell's nightmarish vision of a totalitarian society was a government so powerful that it not only dominated all of the major institutions in a society, but it also was quite adept at making invisible its inner workings of power. . . . "

-Henry A. Giroux, Truthout Oct 18, 2014

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Woman with Guitar
Memphis Minnie's Blues
Paul Garon, Beth Garon

"Holiday Gift Guide for Music Fans: New Books on Blues, Country and Rock"

Woman with Guitar: Memphis Minnie's Blues, is selected by Express Milwaukee as one of the top music books for the holidays.

-David Luhrssen, Express Milwaukee Oct 21, 2014

"Woman with Guitar featured on The Roots and Roots Show, Memphis Minnie tribute show"

Woman with Guitar by Paul Garon featured on the Memphis Minnie tribute broadcast on the Roots and Roots Show.

-Greg Abdur-Rasheed, The Roots and Roots Show Aug 2, 2014

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The Tranquilized Tongue
City Lights Spotlight No. 11
Eric Baus

"Best of 2014: Best Poetry Books & Collections"

The Tranquilized Tongue by Eric Baus selected to the top 30 poetry books and collections of 2014 by Entropy.

-Entropy Dec 3, 2014

"The Tranquilized Tongue selected by the editors of Poetry Magazine for their July/August Reading List"

Dorothea Lasky selects The Tranquilized Tongue for Poetry Magazine's July/August Reading List.

-Dorothea Lasky, The Poetry Foundation's Harriet Blog Jul 7, 2014

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Dia Felix

"Best of 2014: Best Fiction Books"

Entropy chooses Nochita by Dia Felix as the number one fiction of 2014

-Entropy Dec 3, 2014

"Dia Felix mentioned in Watch, then Read: The Best Book Trailers Out There" reviews the book trailer for Dia Felix's Nochita.

-Sara Dobie Bauer, May 22, 2014

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Haiti Glass
Lenelle Moïse

"Live Art Magazine Issue II"

Lenelle Moïse talks to Monte Belmonte and reads from her book Haiti Glass for Live Art Magazine II on WRSI in Northampton, where she was the Poet Laureate from 2010-2012.

-Monte Belmonte, WRSI - Northampton Oct 22, 2014

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Nan Dòmi
An Initiate's Journey into Haitian Vodou
Mimerose Beaubrun

"Inside Haitian Vodou"

Madison Smartt Bell's preface to Nan Domi excerpted on Utne Reader.

- Madison Smartt Bell, Utne Reader Oct 6, 2014

"With Your Whole Being", An Excerpt of Nan Dòmi

An excerpt of Nan Dòmi appears in the Summer 2014 issue of Parabola.

-Mimerose P Beaubrun, Parabola May 27, 2014

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To Die in Mexico
Dispatches from Inside the Drug War
John Gibler

Interview on Democracy Now

"Amidst outrage in Mexico over the disappearance of 43 students, Democracy Now interviews John Gibler about the U.S. role in the country's violence. According to the Center for International Policy, the United States has spent approximately $3 billion to fund the so-called war on drugs in Mexico. Since the war on drugs began under President Felipe Calderón in 2006, more than 100,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence. U.S. support includes $2.4 billion in taxpayer funds through the Merida Initiative, launched as a three-year aid program for Mexican security forces under the administration of George W. Bush. The Obama administration has extended the Merida Initiative 'indefinitely.'"

-Amy Goodman, Democracy Now Nov 13, 2014

Political Perspectives on 09/21/11

"John Gibler's new book, To Die in Mexico: Dispatches from Inside the Drug War, is a shocking and fast paced account of Mexico’s bloody Drug War, told from those on the ground floor. Gibler travels the plazas now being fought over or completely controlled with impunity by Mexico’s violent drug cartels. He captures the stories told by families who have lost loved ones to the war on the streets; journalists who barely escape assassination, convicted traffickers, government officials and those risking their lives to bring about some kind of real change."

-Carlos Chavez Sep 21, 2011